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| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, July 20 2013

It takes a half mill to buy a Lamborghini Aventador, but checking this one out was free at Coffee and Cars Dallas in Texas. (Photos special to RacinToday.com)

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer

PLANO, Texas – You have to get there early if you want to score a parking spot at Cars and Coffee Dallas, the first Saturday of the month gathering of all things automobilia hosted by Classic BMW.

For a couple of Porschephiles living in Fort Worth, “early” translated into a 5 a.m. wake-up call on July 6, followed by a rendezvous over a cup of java before hitting North Texas’ highway system at the crack of dawn en route to 6800 Dallas Parkway for the show’s official start at 8 a.m.

Sign of the day: RESPECT! Please look but DO NOT TOUCH the vehicles. Thank you!

As advertised, the automotive eye candy included an assortment of classics, exotics, hot rods, rat rods, tuner cars, trucks, motorcycles and their owners…some of whom also qualified as eye candy. But on this particular Saturday, the unquestioned star of the show was a 2014 Lamborghini Aventador that rolled in fashionably late while brandishing a sticker on its windshield that had jaws dropping all morning.

Here are the numbing numbers: Base price, $441,600. Destination charge, $13,000. MSRP, $498,180 for this version, resplendent in its sparkling “Bianco Isis” paint. For those of us earning considerably less than $250,000 per year, that’s “Amana refrigerator white.” Lamborghini Dallas will be pleased to empty your 401K and/or annuity to take your order(s) now.

Sticker shock aside, there were hundreds of double-parked cars worth a long – and in many cases – nostalgic look whether your taste leaned toward Porsches, Ferraris, Corvettes, Chevelles, Firebirds, Cadillacs, Volkswagens,

Somebody left the refrigerator door open on this Isetta.

Vipers, Maseratis, Mustangs, Cobras (replicas), real Panteras, the odd BMW Isetta 300 and one hump-backed Hudson four-door sedan.

Walking along a row of pristine, first-generation Camaros only served to remind me of the beloved ’68 I sold during a bout of Corvette fever, a decision I will regret for the rest of my life. To quote that great American philosopher, Bugs Bunny: “What a maroon.”

In any case, here are a few of my show favorites:

– 1969 Camaro L-72 “Double COPO.” Reportedly purchased from Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Mich. Red with black vinyl top, the car is one of 50 special-ordered by Central Office Production Order with the L-72 engine package featuring the 427 CID/425 HP V8. The “Double COPO” is Order 9737, the Sports Car Conversion Package offering one-inch front sway bar, 15X7 Rally Wheels, 140 MPH speedometer and 7,000 RPM tach. And as a nice cosmetic touch, this Bowtie bad boy features a matching red Endura bumper typically seen on Pontiac GTOs of the era. Incidentally, parked next to this car was your (yawn) run-of-the-mill ’69 COPO Camaro, also red with dog-dish hubcaps.

– 1964 Plymouth Savoy Super Stock Factory race car. This fire-engine red, 426 Hemi-powered MOPAR is a replica of one of the reportedly 50 or so produced for NHRA drag racing. Purchased in Weatherford, the car was first owned by Don Grotheer, a factory-supported MOPAR racer from Tulsa, Okla. The intake manifold was acquired from a racer in Irving and the carburetors came from Arkansas racer Jim Hale. The 4-speed transmission was standard equipment.

– 1969 Cale Yarborough Mercury Cyclone Special. During an era when NASCAR Grand National stock cars actually looked like their showroom brethren, the Cyclone and its Ford Torino cousin were state-of-the-art aerodynamic swoopy. This white street version with red fastback top/striping and black accents is powered by a 390 CID V8. Don’t know if ol’ Cale ever “sawed” on this steering wheel, but Wood Brothers and Daytona International Speedway decals prominently are displayed on the left rear window.

– 1955 Divco delivery truck. Restored and now being used as a promotional vehicle by Dallas-based The Phoenix Insurance (thephoenixinsurance.com), company rep Jason Olson said this snub-nosed resto-mod sits on a Ford Lightning SVT frame and is powered by a 351 CID V8. That’s a bunch more ponies than the Divco truck that delivered bottles of cold milk to my grandmother’s house back in the day.

This restored milk truck was the cream of the crop at Cars and Coffee Dallas.

– 1939 Ford coupe. Dark green with tan interior, this striking, uncluttered street rod is accented by “Salt Flat Special” chrome mag wheels, and a tag on the rear license plate that reads: GO TO CHURCH SUNDAY.

And until next month, godspeed!

Rat rods were coming out of the woodwork.

Nash Metropolitans drove in to the show.

Porsches, like this Guards Red 911 turbo, mingled with classic Americana, like this 1960 Chevy.

This Camaro is a full-blown classic.

Un-dead, flesh-eating families love their cars.

Hoodies are welcome at Cars and Coffee.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Saturday, July 20 2013
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